This article answers the most frequently asked questions about Covenant Eyes and the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.
What does Covenant Eyes do on a Kindle Fire?
Unfortunately, nothing. Covenant Eyes cannot collect screenshots or provide blocking on a Kindle Fire. This is due to the limited capacity of the operating system (Fire OS).
Due to both the limitations of the device and low member interest, support of the Covenant Eyes app for Kindle ended on May 21, 2020. It was removed from the Amazon Appstore. That means, if you have an old copy of this app and you uninstall it, then you will not be able to reinstall it.
What about using the Covenant Eyes for Android™ app?
Some people think that our Android™ app will work on a Kindle, but the operating system of a Kindle is distinct from that of an Android phone or tablet. Amazon modifies an older Android system and relabels it as Fire OS. You may be able to install our Android app on a Kindle Fire (some people have), but the app will not run.
Using the Kindle’s Parental Controls
You can use the Parental Controls to lock down some purchase and content settings on the Kindle. You have the ability to password protect the Parental Controls.
- Open the Settings app directly, or swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the “Settings” icon.
- Tap “Parental Controls.”
- Tap the toggle switch next to Parental Controls.
- Create a password and, if asked, confirm it.
- After you enable Parental Controls, a lock icon will appear at the top of the screen. You’ll also see several settings that you can tailor to your situation, before exiting the Settings app.
What else can I do?
Ultimately the decision is up to you, but here are some options:
- Harness the technology of Screen Accountability by purchasing an Android tablet, or an iPad®, and installing Covenant Eyes.
- Set up house rules for technology.
Internet devices should remain in public spaces, like the family room. Overnight charging can happen in the same space.
- Control the WiFi signal in your home.
Most routers can be set to use a specific connection to the internet, and some connections automatically filter out explicit content. Two industry leaders offer this for free and have good set-up guides – CleanBrowsing and OpenDNS. You can use one of those services to clean up the content coming to your Kindle. But, be aware that other devices using Covenant Eyes Blocking may run into conflicts with the filter on the router.
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